Gardens

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A great garden

Four centuries of good husbandry have made Blickling’s 55 acre garden one of the greatest in England.  It changes through the seasons and has evolved over the centuries to reflect different fashions.

The beginning...

Come and see our Orangery in the Spring.

In 1619, the fashion was for formal gardens with ‘knots’, forerunners of parterres. In the 1700s a more natural look was created with views through trees. The Temple and Orangery were added early in the 18th century.

...and now

Lord Lothian brought in Norah Lindsay, the society gardener, to create the garden you see now. Today the garden is managed by a team of five, compared to the 15 gardeners employed by Lord Lothian. 

Mike's top gardening tips for winter

Mike Owers, Walled Garden Project Manager

  • Start planning your plot for the year. Why not try something different or develop another area in your garden.
  • Get your seeds ordered for the year. Try some old heritage varieties for a taste of the past.
  • Dig over your soil and incorporate some well-rotted manure.
  • Prune apple and pear trees, but don’t be too hard as trees will respond with over vigorous growth.
  • Have a tidy up in your shed: Stock up on seed trays and wash old pots for when you need them.
  • Tidy your borders and rake off the leaves to prevent the crowns of your plants rotting off.
  • Start forcing rhubarb now by placing a pot over the top to cut out the light.

Bringing our walled garden back to life

Broadland District Council are supporting the walled garden project © Antonia Gray

Broadland District Council are supporting the walled garden project

Over the next five years we will recreate a working walled fruit and vegetable garden based on the layout of the 1930s/40s walled garden, but which is relevant to the needs of today.
It is a project of regeneration rather than restoration and we hope that you will become a part of it, by becoming a volunteer, helping with a donation or simply returning to follow our progress.

Bringing our walled garden back to life

Work has begun on our exciting walled garden project © Antonia Gray

Work has begun on our exciting walled garden project

Over the next five years we will recreate a working walled fruit and vegetable garden based on the layout of the 1930s/40s walled garden, but which is relevant to the needs of today.
It is a project of regeneration rather than restoration and we hope that you will become a part of it, by becoming a volunteer, helping with a donation or simply returning to follow our progress.

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